(571) 447-5500

Charles Breen

Mr. Breen became available to EAS Consulting Group after a distinguished career at the FDA working in areas such as HACCP and LACF and BSE prohibited materials in the dairy. Mr. Breen has worked with the industry on compliance issues related to the Bioterrorism Act of...

Food Defense – Untangling the Challenges and Strengthening Opportunities

EAS Independent Advisor for FSMA, Charles Breen and Consultant Kathy Knutson, Ph.D. co-present a webinar on Food Defense. Food Defense is increasingly a worry for firms as our global business climate opens opportunities for intentional harm both domestically and overseas. The ability of food manufacturers to identify and mitigate the impact of intentional attacks that compromise food safety is not only required as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) it makes good business sense to protect consumer health and brand reputation.

Determining the Risk-Base of High-Risk Foods

Each month EAS answers one question sent in by readers of EASeNews. This month’s question on the risk-base of high-risk foods is answered by EAS Independent Advisor for FSMA, Charles Breen. Question: How do you determine the Risk-Base of High-Risk Foods? Breen: With...

Qualified Individuals – FDA’s Final Link in the Chain of Food Safety and Food Imports

The Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in 2011, includes an important provision for food importers under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Final Rule. Namely, Part 1 Subpart L, Section §1.503 requires that importers of human and animal food enlist a Qualified Individual (QI) who has responsibility for developing a program and performing each activity under the program to ensure that the products that they are importing are not adulterated or misbranded (in regards to allergens) and have been produced in accordance with the preventive control regulations for human or animal food (CFR §117 & 507 respectfully), or the Produce Safety Rule (CFR §112).